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Dumpster Dives: Deep Waiver Pickups for Week 3

Waiver Wire Dumpster Diving takes you beyond the obvious plays and helps you find undervalued gems for deep leagues.

Week 2 provided plenty of fireworks for fantasy owners! A three-touchdown performance from A.J. Green kicked things off, and then a plethora of quarterbacks kept the party going. But a few fantasy GMs were not enjoying the party this week. If your stable of running backs included LeSean McCoy, Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook or, god forbid, a combination thereof, it is time to scour that wavier wire once more. So let’s take a look at who might be left despite league size or bench depth.

Willie Snead, WR (Baltimore Ravens) owned 5.9%

If you are a follower of mine on Twitter,1 you know I have been on the record a number of times espousing how good a receiver Snead has the potential to be. Suspensions and injuries have historically dampened his seasons and thus his fantasy impact.

This season, while Michael Crabtree and John Brown have made all of the fantasy writers swoon, Snead is quietly finding his way on top of the receiving tree in Baltimore.

Balt Receivers - W. Snead

While Snead is third in line as far as snaps, getting around 60 percent of the offensive snaps, he is tied with Brown for targets, leading in receptions, second in receiving yards and has the best catch rate among the trio too.

Baltimore currently ranks third in the league with 93 pass attempts, behind only Detroit and Pittsburgh. Considering Baltimore has been in the top 12 of pass attempts since 2015, I expect the high volume will continue. That means there are going to be plenty of targets to go around, making Baltimore one of the few NFL teams that can sustain a healthy trio of fantasy wide receivers.

Jesse James, TE (Pittsburgh Steelers) owned 3.2%

Speaking of high-passing-volume offenses, the Steelers are averaging over 50 passing attempts a game.  Part of that could be due to Le’Veon Bell still sitting out, or it could be due to the shootout game scripts that Pittsburgh keeps finding themselves in.  Whatever the reason for that amount of volume, you need a piece of it on your fantasy team.

While fantasy GMs went googly-eyed over Vance McDonald, who is owned in over 18 percent of leagues, James has been leading the Pittsburgh TEs in snaps and targets.

That workload doesn’t look to flip any time soon either. Fetching all five of his targets in Week 2 for 138 yards plus a touchdown, James vastly outperformed McDonald who also had five targets but only pulled in three catches for 26 yards.  With one of the more favorable schedules for TEs leading up to their Week 7 bye, according to the Buy Low Machine, it’s time to pick him up.

J. James Buy Low

Tyler Boyd, WR (Cincinnati Bengals) owned 1.1%

It is incredibly easy to get overshadowed if you are a pass catcher in Cincinnati. A.J. Green is a true field tilting talent, the possibility of John Ross burning every CB in the league and the never-ending question of “will Tyler Eifert play this week?” can be deafening.

Meanwhile, Boyd is quietly starting off the season very productively. Fellow RotoViz teammate Neil Dutton even included him in the regular Waiver Wire piece.

Clearly the No. 2 guy behind Green, Boyd has racked up 80 percent of the offensive snaps and trails Green by only three targets. If it weren’t for Green’s 3-TD performance in Week 2, we would all be speculating whether Boyd’s six catches on nine targets for 91 yards and a score is indicative of a third-year breakout. Instead, Boyd gets overlooked again, and you the savvy subscriber to #DumpsterDives can snag him up in practically every league you play in this year. Then, while Green gets the elite corner coverage and double teams, you can enjoy every high-quality target that comes Boyd’s way.

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A professional saxophonist, full-time accountant, and fantasy football enthusiast, I bring a data-driven analytical approach to creative strategies for you to win your league. Contributor to Player Profiler and author of the Dumpster Dives weekly column. Follow me @DumpsterDiveFF
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